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Vic Darchinyan Eyes One More Title Shot

Vic-Darchinyan-1Reports of Vic Darchinyan’s demise were absurdly premature, or at least that’s the narrative that Top Rank Promotions is buying into. The juggernaut recently signed the 37 year old Armenian pugilist to a promotional contract that could have him in a significant fight in a short period of time. However, the question still remains whether, at his advanced age, he can still punch with the best that super bantamweight has to offer. He’ll have the chance to answer a few of those questions when he takes on Mexican longshot Javier Gallo (18-6-1, 10 KOs) at the Uni-Trade Stadium in Laredo, Texas on May 10th. The fight, which will be televised on Uni-Mas, offers the Armenian a chance to stay busy while waiting out a desired fight against titlist Victor Terrazas (37-2-1, 21 KOs) on August 3 as part of the proposed Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Martin Murray HBO card from Mexico City.

Last October, the former two division champion had been written off by many as washed-up following two defeats. Those defeats, however, were at the hands of Anselmo Moreno and Shinsuke Yamanaka; two men whose style made fits for Darchinyan. Ultimately, those two poor performances were enough for promoter Lou Dibella to see the opportunity to cash Darchinyan out against one of Dibella’s rising prospects, Luis Del Valle, last September in front of an HBO audience. Darchiyan walked into the ring a decided underdog, but left a renewed fighter. Darchinayn’s heavy hands clubbed Del Valle into a macabre mess and exposed the New York based fighter as rudimentary and far from polished.Vic proved true the old boxing cliche of power being the last thing that leaves an old champion. The same man that decimated hapless flyweights throughout the middle portion of last decade was on display. Whether that performance was the last gasp of an old titlist remains to be seen, but Darchinyan certainly looked efficient in doling out punishment.

Darchinyan-DelValleThat impressive display was enough to warrant a call from Top Rank, who now has the option of matching Darchinyan with one of their younger champions or prospects. Darchinyan maintains an established name from his years of fighting on prominent, televised cards and has built a heady reputation for making enjoyable fights. Darchinyan also has the luxury of being a new client of Frank Espinoza, one of the most prominent and active managers in the lower weight classes. It seems that if he’s going to make one last run at a title, all the pieces are in place to make it happen.

“Vic is an established pro coming off a nice win on HBO, and he always makes for entertaining fights,” Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN. “He can fight at 122 or 126 pounds. He’ll definitely fit in against someone at some point in the coming months.”

Ultimately, one can not fool themselves. Darchinyan is unlikely to unleash a lengthy run at the top of the division any time soon. However, he’s still a very solid and dangerous pro who can sell a few tickets and challenge anyone residing north of 122 lbs. The fact that he still possesses efficient and deadly power combinations makes him a foe worth fearing.  He’s very much a spoiler in a division that is ripe for a surprise. Darchinyan must first dominate Gallo to earn a significant fight, but that opportunity at one last shot may come sooner rather than later.

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